If you want a hotel located very close to the action in Temple Bar, the Clarence will work. If you're looking for a first class hotel, the Clarence is not it. From the lobby to our cave of a room, everywhere you looked you saw signs of a poorly kept, worn, facility. The lobby is dingy and barely a proper lobby. Our room's tub was so dirty, my girlfriend would not take a bath, which she was looking forward to, so a shower had to suffice. Our room should be turned into a storage closet. We were on the second floor over looking an alley that was occupied by a pub. The hotel had installed double windows to kill the noise being generated by the crowd and the music and that engineering did work, no noise from outside.
That also meant that you could not open a window and with no air conditioning on a warm night, sleeping was a problem. To add to the sleeping problem were the perfectly useless, heavy velvet curtains which stood off from the wall allowing all the light you did not need to enter the room and wake you in the early morning hours, kind of a sick joke.
The faucets on the sink turned forever and you had to find "off" as it was somewhere in the middle of nowhere.
The decor is early Danish dirty mixed with bland. Fresh paint was needed throughout.
The shining light in our stay was the staff. Everyone we dealt with was absolutely helpful and professional, a joy to speak with. So cheers to the staff, and shame on managment for not keeping this property up to standard. Next visit we'll be staying in the neighborhood around Grafton street. I'd pass on this property, you can do better at the same price point.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Clarence boasts fifty bedrooms and suites, along with our world famous Penthouse Suite. Our rooms range from Classic through Deluxe and on to our River View and Garden Terrace Suites. Our furnishings are simple: classic Shaker oak, beds dressed in cool white linen, sitting elegantly in contrast to a palate of vibrant cardinal colours, rich drapes and luxe carpets. We aim to provide all the simple needs of our guests and we offer 'round the clock room service and all rooms have complimentary WiFi as standard. Our city centre location means car space is at a premium, but we do have a small underground car park that can be reserved for a small nightly supplement. It is also worth noting that our location does mean that the area can be lively at night, especially at the weekends and while we have taken every effort to reduce noise, it is not possible to block it all out. Please do consider this before booking. Within the hotel complex there are many drinking and dining experiences, from the chilled out bliss of The Study to the super stylish Octagon Bar, the perfect spot for an afternoon cocktail or a laid back nightcap. We also have Michelin star chef Oliver Dunne's Cleaver East restaurant within our walls and we are very proud that Oliver and his team provide all catering at the hotel, so whether it's a late night bite in your room or a Full Irish breakfast the next morning, you know your food will be of the highest standard, made from the freshest produce, closely cared for by Michelin starred hands. In the bowels of our building you will find the luxurious cocktail and food bar The Liquor Rooms, home to Dublin's arts set and the first ROI bar ever to be nominated in the prestigious Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards. On our first floor, overlooking the River Liffey lies The Cleaver East Suite at The Clarence, which can be reserved for special occasions, from large weddings to intimate business meetings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Clarence Hotel Dublin
- Clarence Hotel Dublin
- Clarence Dublin